PRACTICAL HUMANISTIC WRITING
Written small and suitable for use in writing letters, notes, cards, etc.

Last updated: 10 July 2016

Roman humanistic minuscule letterforms (lettera antica) and their variations are universally familiar throughout the western world and are frequently employed, in conjunction with Roman Majuscule (Capitalis Monumentalis) letterforms, as the principle style of writing for all kinds of books, magazines, official documents, television advertising, computer screen displays .......... and so on.

These letterforms were originally formulated by Poggio Bracciolini in the early fifteenth century and were subsequently refined by scribes throughout that century. They are compatible - indeed harmonious - with Chancery cursive and all other round hand writing. I particularly admire the Humanistic writing of Mark of Vicenza, late Fifteenth century, PlateXX (pages 402 & 417) - Writing & Illuminating & Lettering (Edward Johnston), for its roundness and evenness.

[Roman writing exemplar] [Roman writing exemplar]


As a young Calligraphy student I was initially tutored in rendering all round hand writing using square cut chisel edged steel nib pens that came with small metal reservoirs installed (occasionally hand cut goose quills with home made metal reservoirs). I currently mostly use fountain pens with square cut chisel edged nibs and bottled ink via converters.

The objective here is to develop beautiful and elegant writing of small size <3mm (<1/8") letter body height that can be rendered with comfort and ease.

[Roman writing exemplar]


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